Found August 31, 2012 on
PLAYERS: James Loney
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
Editor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days. James Loney hasn't been with the Red Sox for very long, but he's quickly making himself right at home in the team's lineup. A day removed from his first time in the Red Sox cleanup spot -- where he went 3-for-4 with a home run -- Loney is batting .412 in his five games so far with Boston, and has raised his season average already from .254 to .262 in...

James Loney Is Solid First Baseman But 'Jury Still Out' on Future With Red Sox (Video)

James Loney hasn't even been in a Red Sox uniform for a week, so far, and already his future with the club is being put into perspective. The former Dodgers first baseman was at one time a high-level prospect. Since coming to the big leagues, though, he's turned into a decent offensive player with the gold glove skills at first base. NESN's Tom Caron chatted about Loney...

James Loney Hitting Cleanup as Red Sox Look to Take Series Finale in Los Angeles

The Red Sox had yet another rough go of it in Wednesday's 10-3 loss to the Angels, but their hoping that Jon Lester (8-10, 4.98) can help turn the tide with his trip to the hill on Thursday night. James Loney, taking part in just his fourth game in a Red Sox uniform, will be getting the start at first base and batting cleanup in the Boston order. Cody Ross should provide some...

Dustin Pedroia Explains Role in Drama-Filled Season, Says He Wants to Finish Career With Red Sox

It's been a trying season for all of the Red Sox, including Dustin Pedroia. The Sox second baseman has been challenged by fans and media alike this season, in a way that he hasn't been through his entire career. He's been adored by fans -- and the media, too even -- for the way he's played the game since arriving in Boston. However, a couple of questionable decisions...

Pedroia finds way to winner's circle

A 4-year-old chestnut filly named Pedroia won the third race at Suffolk Downs in the Boston suburbs on Wednesday, capturing the victory by a margin 9-3/4 lengths under the guidance of jockey Hector Ramos. The horse, trained by Arthur Duffy, Jr., is named after Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, but he has no affiliation with it. Perhaps it's no surprise that the...

Red Sox Option Zach Stewart After Bad Outing, Officially Recall Daniel Bard to Rejoin Club

For the time being, Zach Stewart's stint with the Red Sox is one and done. Less than 24 hours after surrendering nine earned runs and 10 hits in Wednesday's 10-3 loss to the Angels, Stewart was sent back down to Triple-A. It was an atrocious start for Stewart, who allowed more runs than any pitcher in his Red Sox debut since 1903. The move also paved the way for Boston to...

Red Sox' High-Profile Shake-Up Evokes Many Emotions, But Necessary to Improve Culture

It's been nearly a week since The Break Up. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington finally made the phone call that ended a relationship that seemed so promising once upon a time. Cherington said good bye to players we had once fallen in love with, players who were supposed to be the perfect marriage of talent to create "The Best Team Ever." As we know, not all relationships...

Absurd Outburst of Scoring From Former Red Sox Players Enters Stranger-Than-Fiction Territory (Video)

If you once played for the Boston Red Sox and now play for the Oakland A's, chances are that you've had a big game against the Sox at some point this year. Just about everyone on the A's had a big game on Friday night, however, thanks to a nine-run seventh inning in which Oakland sent 12 hitters to the plate and showed no mercy on Boston pitching. Josh Reddick hit a grand...

GIFcap: Alfredo Aceves Expresses That He’s Not A Big Fan Of Bobby Valentine

So if you hadn’t heard yet, Alfredo Aceves had a bit of a blowup in the dugout today, making worse what was already a bad situation for him. It was already a controversial week for Red Sox right-hander Alfredo Aceves when another drama ensued during Saturday night’s game against the Athletics. In the bottom of

Red Sox Live Blog: Felix Doubront on Hill as Red Sox Aim to Stop Slide in Oakland

8:20 p.m.: Things are getting a bit wacky in the Red Sox Lineup, as Scott Podsednik hits third while Jacoby Ellsbury is in the leadoff role. That might seem a little backward. Both players have been leadoff hitters throughout their careers, but Ellsbury seems distinctly more inclined towards to a middle-of-the-order role, hitting 32 home runs last year. Podsednik, meanwhile, has...

A smaller 18th green at TPC Boston

The latest tweak by Gil Hanse at the TPC Boston was to the 18th green, which has proven to be pivotal in recent years. It's where Chris Stroud hit a 3-iron to 3 feet last year for eagle to narrowly advance to the next round in the FedEx Cup playoffs, and where Ernie Els and Geoff Ogilvy both got up-and-down from behind the green for birdie to advance. This year, the par-5 closing...

Red Sox Again Need to Emulate Oakland A's as 'Moneyball' Moves to Version 2.0

Remember the second-to-last scene of the film version of Moneyball? If you don't, it features an actor portraying Boston Red Sox owner John Henry courting Brad Pitt -- excuse me, courting Billy Beane (really now, who doesn't want to court Brad Pitt?), and specifically telling the general manager that any teams which aren't using his methods of player evaluation are "...

How we see it goin' down: Sox - A's series

First Pitch: Friday 10:05, Saturday 9:05, Sunday 4:05 Arms: Friday: Aaron Cook, RHP (3-7, 4.76 ERA) vs. Brandon McCarthy, RHP (7-5, 3.12 ERA)  Saturday: Felix Doubront, LHP (10-6, 4.79 ERA) vs. Brett Anderson, LHP (2-0, 0.64 ERA) Sunday: Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP (1-3, 5.10 ERA) vs. Tommy Milone, LHP (11-9, 3.73 ERA)                           Yard: Oakland Coliseum...

Red Sox Lineup vs. Athletics 9/1/12

Here is tonight's lineup vs. the Athletics: Ellsbury CFPedroia 2BPodsednik LFRoss RFLoney 1BSaltalamacchia CAviles SSLavarnway DHCiriaco 3B Doubront SP Game time is 9:05pm EST. 

Josh Beckett rips Boston sports media, "It's only a matter of time until they get you"

After Josh Beckett departed Boston for his new home in Los Angeles as part of one of the bigger trades in MLB history, he decided to state some not so nice words about the Boston sports media before he left. In an interview with WEEI's Rob Bradford, Josh spoke very candidly about the Boston media machine and their ability to push players out:   "Once they want...

Red Sox-Athletics Preview

When Oakland and Boston last met in early July, the Athletics were a bit of an afterthought in the playoff picture while the Red Sox were just off the cut for the wild card. A three-game sweep by the Athletics essentially spurred their playoff push and initiated Boston's unraveling. The surging A's try to match last season's win total and also beat the Red Sox for a...
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